STATEMENT BY THE ACTING PRESIDENT, KGALEMA MOTLANTHE ON THE HEALTH OF FORMER PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA
There has been mounting concern about the health of the former President Nelson Mandela.
We wish to confirm that Dr Mandela is in Milpark Hospital undergoing a few specialised tests and investigations.
Given the medical history of our former President, his health over the last few years and his age, these tests are necessary in order to provide optimal health care.
Medically there is no need to panic. Dr Mandela suffers from ailment common to people of his age, and conditions that have developed over years. We may recall that he has suffered from tuberculosis whilst on Robben Island and has had previous respiratory infections.
I want to assure the nation and the world that the former President is in high spirit, and has been visited by his family and friends.
The Defence Force is responsible for all medical requirements and care of current and retired Presidents. In this regard I have tasked the Defence Force to ensure that all necessary support is provided to the former President and his family.
I can assure all South Africans and the world that Madiba is in the good hands.
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